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Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Physical Distance
Safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others.

Know Before You Go: While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for visiting parks and recreation facilities on April 13, 2020. Read their updated recommendations here.

Lower Cascades Park remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The playground at Lower Cascades Park, and at all other city parks, is closed. Please observe physical distancing as recommended by the CDC when walking, bicycling and hiking, and while using the picnic shelters at the park. The restrooms and drinking fountains at Lower Cascades Park remain closed; please plan ahead and prepare.

    The road through Lower Cascades Park is closed to motorized vehicles during the pilot road conversion project. The road is closed between the Lower Cascades Park playground and the IMI quarry entrance; bicycle, pedestrian, and other non-motorized vehicles only are allowed on this section of the road. Learn more about the pilot road conversion project, and find a link to leave your feedback via an online survey, on the Lower Cascades Park Road Conversion Project web page.


    Playground is accessible. Accessible restroom at the south end of the playground. Designated accessible parking spaces in parking lots next to Sycamore Shelter and playground.

    Other Facilities

    Parking Areas: Located at Sycamore Shelter, playground, and ballfields.

    Restrooms: Restrooms (open seasonally) are located at the playground south parking lot and in the Sycamore Shelter.